It is practically a necessity for a business to have a website these days. But the idea of starting a website is overwhelming to most: where do you start? What should be on it? What functions should it have? Most people are too preoccupied just running their business to worry about learning how to make an impressive website, and so they hire another company to do it for them. But how do you find a good company?

Be sure to do your homework before you settle on a particular web design team. Ask others for which web designers they would recommend. Look over their previous work from past clients. Talk to their clients to see how satisfied they have been. What are the price points and do they rise with each change you decide to make at a later date? What kind of services do they offer once the site goes up – will they manage content and other web management services, for example. Ask about SEO – search engine optimization. This is the term that describes how a website is organized in order to increase its visibility in search engines. To do this a company should agree to build links to your website, optimize the keywords and keep the SEO updated on a regular basis. If the company fails to do this or is inexperienced when it comes to your site will be hard for the public to find, which is obviously not the point of having a site.

But you should not be the only one asking questions: a good web design company will question you extensively about your business, your products and services, how you are currently marketing your business, your goals as a business and other things that will factor in to how they develop and design your website. The web designer will be helping you resolve the issues of function, design and marketing of the website. The most important information that the web company needs to be aware of are the details of the customers you are hoping to reach. All the way from general questions like “What is your target market?” to “Are your customers technically savvy?” “Are they emotional and/or impulsive shoppers?” These questions and more are important when the design company goes to work to appeal to the clients you are trying to attract.

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